The Suture Tech program at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine has served the Elvis Presley Trauma Center at Regional One Health Medical Center (formerly “The Med”) in Memphis, TN since 1974. In this cooperative training program, Suture Techs are UTHSC medical students who are hired by Regional One Health (ROH) for the duration of their education to assist in ROH’s high-volume Level I trauma center with laceration repairs, wound care, and a variety of other tasks. Suture Techs works closely with both Emergency Medicine and Surgery physicians to ensure that patients in need of time-consuming wound care are treated quickly while trauma staff and residents remain free to focus on more urgent patient care issues.
First year medical students who want to participate in the program may volunteer to shadow Suture Tech shifts in order to qualify for application and selection as a Suture Tech beginning in their second year of medical school. This is a purely voluntary role, is uncompensated, and is not for credit. Candidates who volunteer to shadow must be registered through the UTHSC Office of Student Affairs GivePulse site and must complete a UTHSC Student Volunteer Waiver. Failure to properly register in GivePulse can nullify your student medical malpractice insurance coverage thus making you ineligible to participate.